Syringe Services Program

Watch a short video that highlights the services provided at Whatcom County Syringe Services Program and how the needle exchange program impacts lives.
​Whatcom County Syringe Services Program
​Credits: Fredrick Dent Films, June 2017
Syringe exchange programs are a standard public health practice both in the United States and around the world. Studies show that syringe exchanges are cost effective programs that reduce the spread of diseases in the community, and do not increase the use of injection drugs.

The Whatcom County Health Department offers the confidential exchange of new, sterile syringes and clean injection equipment in exchange for contaminated syringes.

The Health Department offers this program on:
    Monday from 9:30a - 12:30p (Except Holidays 
    Thursdays from 2:30p - 5:15p (Except Holidays)

Services Provided


  • Education on reducing harms associated with drug use
  • HIV testing (finger stick, results in 20 minutes)
  • Hepatitis C screening (finger stick, results In 20 minutes)
  • STD testing
  • Hepatitis A and B vaccinations
  • Naloxone Distribution Program
  • Other vaccines as available
  • On-site substance abuse treatment counselor
  • On-site Registered Nurse for wound assessments and discussion of other health and social service concerns

Harm Reduction Tips


  • Never reuse or share syringes, water or drug preparation equipment
  • Use a new syringe every time
  • Get a new syringes from a reliable source (syringe exchanges or pharmacy)
  • Use clean water
  • Use new filter (cottons) each time
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer if possible
  • Clean the injection site every time with an alcohol swab or wash area with warm soapy water
  • Safely dispose of syringes after 1 use

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